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Clitheroe Castle patrols increase after youths gather
CLITHEROE police are to step up patrols of the town’s castle grounds after a reported increase in anti-social behaviour in the area.
During the summer holidays, the police have recognised a need to keep a closer check on the castle grounds where incidents have been reported after youths started congregating there.
A window was broken recently at the bowling club and graffiti has been sprayed during the last few weeks at the town’s band stand.
PCSO Adam Mellor, of Clitheroe police said: “We have been working with Clitheroe’s CCTV unit which have camera in the area in order to make sure we stay on top of the situation. There has not been a massive increase compared to previous years but we think it’s important to step up our patrols in the area.
“Places where youths congregate are always potential hotspots and we need to just make sure that the situation does not escalate. Each incident has not been very serious but it’s important to keep on top of things and increasing our presence in the grounds will help.”
Clitheroe town councillor Kevin Horkin, who is also the chairman of the town’s Community Safety Partnership, said: “It’s always disappointing when there is any kind of increase of anti-social behaviour in the Ribble Valley.
“But we have to remember that this is happening during the school holidays and off the back of one of the hottest summers since 2006.
“I shall be keeping a firm eye on the situation and I’m sure it will be sorted out soon.
“I intend on bringing up the subject at the next meeting of the Clitheroe Community Safety Partnership at the end of next month.”
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